For a few years I’ve heard my friend Jason Smith from Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, OK talk about a dream show that he would like to put on. Our mutual friend Brandon McCullough joined in the conversation at some point and a couple of years went by. I’d all but forgotten about their idea when one of them texted me and told me that the show was happening and to keep an eye out for the details.
Finally a date was set, a location was set, it was to be Halloween, 2020 at Woolaroc outside of Bartlesville, OK. The name “The Gathering At the Roc” was coined and they set up an Instagram account and started sharing some photos of cars that were coming to the show. You see, you must submit photos of your car to get accepted to be a part of the show. Some try to get as many cars to their shows as possible, but that’s not the plan for the Gathering. The Gathering is about a hand curated group of amazing cars and their owners.
We all know that 2020 has been a rough year for many reasons. So when the CrossMembers CC asked me if I’d like to come back to OK on Oct. 3rd to cover their OKC Hot Rod Hundred again, I was ready to take a weekend away from the normal duties of life to go play hotrods with some friends.
I rolled out of Wichita at 6am on Saturday and rolled into the starting point of the HRH around 8am, the cars were already filing the parking lot. About 150 had pre-registered and I believe another 70 or so did so that morning.
For the 2nd year in a row I made the nearly 800 mile journey from my home in central Kansas to Dutch John, Utah, more specifically to Flaming Gorge Resort for the 15th Annual Car Show. We showed up on Wednesday this year instead of Thursday, another day in the remote mountain resort meant more time with friends and car family, more time to relax and recharge, and more time to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds Flaming Gorge Resort .
A few weeks ago I had Roger and Will from the Hot Rod Showdown on my podcast talking about their 2nd Annual event that happened this year on February 29th at 7A Ranch in Wimberley, TX. At that time I was really looking forward to returning to the show, I had no idea how much fun I was going to have.
Thursday the 27th I left my day job at Affordable Street Rods in Peabody, KS and headed south. After a 30 minute delay on the interstate a little after 11pm I finally got to my hotel in Alvarado, TX around 1 am.
Monkey is a hell of a character, whether it’s driving a blown t bucket in the rain or jumping unnaturally high as the flag man for the DuckusCrapus drags, we have a great time every time we hang out. This time we were riding around in his 1940 Ford Pickup truck and he told me the story of the truck and some interesting adventures he’s had in it along the way.
Each year before I go out to California for the 2020 Grand National Roadster Show I wonder to myself, is it really worth the expense and the time off of work to travel all the way out to CA again? Each year on the way home from the trip I remember that it certainly was worth it.
Since 2010 a small and ever changing group of hot rod and custom folks have been gathering in Gypsum, KS to challenge the weather, to get one more drive in, to chase each other through central Kansas one more time before winter hits. We call it the Decembrrrr Run and this year it was a lot of fun, like always!
This September while attending the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb, I was told by Troy Hastings to keep the weekend of November 16th open for an event in Denver. That’s because Hastings is the President of the Denver Timing Association which was founded in 1949, making this the 70th Anniversary of the DTA, and this weekend was when the DTA had scheduled the Burnin’ Rubber Through History event. A retrospective of hot rodding featuring cars as old as 1918 and various cars from Colorado’s hot rodding history.
Welcome one and all to the 2020 Royboy Calendar announcement page! Each year I go through all of the photos that I’ve taken in the previous 12 months and pick out my favorite images for the next year’s calendar!
Now, some say, “why didn’t you use my car????” and I always have the same response, it’s not just the car, it’s the car, the background, the photo, they all have to combine to be amongst the best that I felt that I captured the previous year. Below are the samples of the pages of the calendar. I hope you dig it!
How do you get one? Well, just click here, and you’ll go to the order page. Give it a second if it’s slow, the server has been slow lately and I’m working on fixing that! The calendars will ship the first week of NOVEMBER!
I seem to have a knack for missing the first time a cool event happens. This time I’d missed two instances of the Hot Rod Rock And Rumble held at Pikes Peak International Raceway, although I had a great reason to miss the first one as I was in the middle of the 48 Cars 48 States trip. Last year… Yeah I didn’t have much of an excuse.
In 2013 Mike Nicholas and some die hard friends brought back the Hot Rod Hill Climb as a tribute to the event that happened in 1953 and 1954 in Georgetown, CO. After a couple of years at that location, the venue changed to Central City, CO where the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb happened this year on Sept. 13-14.
September 7th, 2019 saw kustoms rolling in to tiny Dewey, OK for the 2nd annual Lead Ain’t Dead show. The Stray Kat Kustoms show is set up for kustoms and customs and features special parking for non-custom cool cars as well.
One of the visions that I’ve had for Royboy Productions is to have it be bigger than just me. To that end I’m hoping to get more people from across the country to share their photos of car shows and events with me so that I can share them with you.
Young Ryder Burford has shared some images of the 2019 Invasion in Dallas put on by THEM! CC and I’m sharing them with you!
After being sick all week I didn’t have the Galaxie prepped for a road trip so I hopped in the daily to run the 180 miles up to the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy, MO for the 2019 edition of the Greaserama.
The forecast all week had been looking worse and worse for Saturday but that all changed on Friday, and thankfully by Saturday the 100% chance of rain was down to just some sprinkles for a bit on Saturday.
For the uninitiated, the Greaserama is put on by the KC area club called Los Punk Rods, it’s been held now for 19 years, and although it’s changed locations a couple of times it’s always a great time.
They bill the show as the Midwest’s Original Punk Rock Car Show, it’s for 64 and older cars, 72 and older trucks and custom cycles. There are bands playing all day, great art vendors inside and outside, an awesome art gallery and of course, the cars.
The H.A.M.B. Drag has been invading Mo-Kan Dragway between Joplin, MO and Pittsburgh, KS for more than a decade and let’s face it, the weather isn’t always conducive to good racing but hey it’s always a good time.
Since the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular moved to Salina, KS (I think in 2007?) I’ve been attending every year. In the beginning the show was held in Thomas Park, where a local show had been held about a month earlier for a few years. The show quickly outgrew the park and moved to the larger Oakdale Park. Now even that park gets nearly filled to the brim each year.
The show really started my love affair with customs, I’d never really been around them before and being up close and personal with them was all it took. I’d seen a few in magazines over the years but this was the first time a group of kustoms was right in front of me.
This year while attending the Hot Rod Dirt Drags I was talking with some of the Throttlers CC from Salt Lake City about their plans for Independence Day weekend. It turns out that Throttlers Woody’s family has a super cool resort called Flaming Gorge Resort in Dutch John, UT and the Throttlers couldn’t say enough good things about the Independence Day weekend festivities there.
While hanging out with friends at the Hot Rod Dirt Drags this year, I was invited to come out to Dutch John, UT to the Flaming Gorge Resort for the Independence Day weekend. Woody Bair of the Throttlers CC explained the weekend to me and I was hooked. It was only a short 12.5 hour drive from my home to Flaming Gorge Resort, so I had to go!
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When Mike Nicholas told me that he was starting another new event after the success of the Hot Rod Hill Climb, I was all ears. Unfortunately I missed that first Hot Rod Dirt Drags, but I’ve made all 4 Hot Rod Dirt Drags since.
Wow! What a crazy weekend! The recent repeated heavy rains and thunderstorms in the area threatened this year’s Flint Hills Rod & Custom Run and the Gypsum Pie Festival & Car Show but in the end, things went great!
Leading up to the weekend I was worried about the fun run on Saturday because the route this year took us around both Tuttle Creek and Milford Lakes in the Manhattan/Junction City, KS area. As of the writing of this blog post one of the roads has been closed due to a concern for public safety, we just barely got this done.
Starting in Manhattan, KS on Saturday May 25th, a small group of cars took off on the run. we started by driving up the east side of Tuttle Creek on one of the prettiest roads that I’ve ever driven in the state. Big hills and sweeping turns with views of the lake made fore the perfect start to the run. Eventually we traveled around both lakes and found our way to the Throttle Jockey’s show in Herington, KS before heading back to Gypsum.
Sunday morning the rain had returned and slowed the morning down a bit, it rained off and on until 11 am. Quite a few people were dealing with flooding or didn’t want to drive into the predicted severe weather so we knew that the car count would be low, adding the rain in the morning didn’t help. All in all we still had about half of our regular turn out of cars and more spectators than we’ve ever had before.
For 9 years now I’ve been spending the first weekend of each May in a tiny town in Dewey, OK. I first saw the listing for the Stray Kat 500 in the back of a magazine in the upcoming events section in 2009. I was looking for more traditional styled hot rod and custom car events in my area, and at the time I wasn’t finding too many. Unfortunately for me it was June and the show had just happened.
I’ve put out a new book, this one is a photo book of pics from the 2018 Hot Rod Dirt Drags event. They are available to be shipped anywhere in the USA now but they are in limited supply as only about remain and no more will ever be printed.
The new book is 100 pages of dirt slingin’ Hot Rod Dirt Drags action, plus shots of the car show, the night drags on Friday and even some of the kids racing scooters and go-karts!
Here’s some video from the 2019 SWMO Hot Rod Hundred! Now, if you were a supporter on the Royboy Patreon page you would have seen this yesterday, just a perk that comes to those that help put gas in the tank so that I can make it to the next event.
Click this photo to see the full gallery from the event.
I’ve been attending the Southwest Missouri Hot Rod Hundred for a few years. The CrossMembers CC is made up of a great bunch of guys and they always have great events. This year I was able to take my Dad and his 66 Chevrolet C10 on the run too.